Posted: May 5, 2016

Community Impact of Improved Mental Health of Medical Students: Highlighting Three Student-Led Innovations at Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Description

Since 2012, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has implemented a number of curricular changes aimed at improving the overall well-being of its student body, increasing class cohesiveness, and fostering creative student-led innovations. The implementation of these changes has resulted in enormous improvements in students' mental health, and has also led to an unprecedented increase in the number and activity of student interest groups, organizations, and student-driven innovations. Highlighted here are three student-led organizations that have had an enormous impact on the Saint Louis community since the advent of the new curriculum at SLUSOM: the Health Resource Center, the Mobile Health Initiative, and the ED Ambassador program. Each of the aforementioned programs arose from a student-identified need within the Saint Louis community. By decreasing the number of classroom contact hours and taking curricular steps to decrease the rigors of the preclinical years of medical school, Saint Louis University School of Medicine afforded students far more opportunity to explore their interests outside of the classroom. The fruits of these labors are clearly evident and abundant in the boom of student-led innovations at SLUSOM since the advent of the new curriculum. We encourage other institutions to promote similar strategies to encourage more student-led innovations in their communities.

Keywords

Mental Health, Population Health, Public Health Sciences, Student Wellness, Curricular Innovation, Community Impact, Student-led Innovation

Authors

Adam Thompson-Harvey, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Emily Adamson, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Eric Anderson, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Greg Felock, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

John Heafner, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Kristin Pacl, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Neal Shah, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Suhita Alluri, Saint Louis University School of Medicine


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